DOE’s Science Bowl set for March 10

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) 5th Annual South Central Ohio Regional Science Bowl is scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2017, at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, featuring more than 150 academic competitors from throughout southern Ohio.

Thirty-two teams from 21 area high schools will participate in the academic contest with the champion winning an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in April to compete in the National Science Bowl.

“DOE is proud to work with Shawnee State University and all of its partners to showcase some of southern Ohio’s brightest students,” said Joel Bradburne, Site Lead at DOE’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in Piketon. “This competition highlights science and encourages young people to consider pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Besides Shawnee State University, DOE partners with the Portsmouth Site Specific Advisory Board, site contractors (Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth, Restoration Services, Inc., Wastren Advantage, Inc., Portsmouth Mission Alliance, Mid-America Conversion Services, InSolves, EHI Consultants), the Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative, and The Ohio Academy of Science to carry out the event.

Participating high schools include Chillicothe, Eastern Pike, Green, Huntington, Jackson, Minford, Northwest, Notre Dame, Pike Christian Academy, Pike County Career Technology Center, Piketon, Portsmouth, Portsmouth West, Sciotoville East, South Webster, Unioto, Valley, Waverly, Western Pike, Wheelersburg and Zane Trace.

Returning champion Notre Dame is a two-time winner with Zane Trace and Chillicothe also returning as previous champions. Each of the area’s four counties (Jackson, Pike, Ross and Scioto) have had a representative in the semifinals at some point in the previous four events. As part of the trip to Washington, D.C., for the national competition, students from the winning team also participate in a variety of science demonstrations, seminars and interactive learning activities.

The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Teams are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as advisor and coach. The teams are quizzed in a fast-paced competition involving biology, chemistry, Earth and space science, physics, energy, and mathematics.

The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than a quarter-million students have participated and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.

DOE’s Office of Science manages the NSB Finals competition. More information is available on the NSB website:

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